CLEVELAND Fire Brigade is holding a week-long recruitment drive to find retained (part-time) firefighters.
The new recruits will be required to operate a part-time fire engine which will be joining the existing fleet of full-time engines at Stockton Fire Station in South Road, Norton, in spring next year.
The part-time engine is being transferred from the Brigade’s Marine Fire Station in Middlesbrough which is closing as part of the Brigade’s wider plans to reshape itself to maintain an efficient and effective service in the light of changing demands and a multi-million pound reduction in its Government funding.
Retained firefighters are members of the community who are paid to provide an on-call service responding to emergency calls in the same way as full-time firefighters, using the same appliances and equipment, but who are ‘on call’ rather than at a fire station.
Applicants must meet a number of criteria. This includes living within five minutes of Stockton Fire Station and being able to respond and report to the station within that time, being at least 18 years old and having a good all round level of fitness.
Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “We are looking for dedicated and committed people to help us provide modern fire and rescue services within the local community.
“Retained firefighters are already an important part of our service and can come from any background – for example, they might be a parent who needs flexible working hours, someone with some spare time or who is unemployed.
“The new recruits will be given comprehensive training and they will be joining our professional team at a time of important change for the Brigade.”
The recruitment lines will open at 8am on Monday 11th August and close at 5pm on Sunday 17th August.